How can I get a speeding ticket either dismissed or the cost lowered?

I just got a ticket today by a state
police officer and I do not believe that
I was speeding. The ticket says I was
going 67 in a 55 but I am very sure that
I wasn’t speeding by that much. In what
ways can I defend myself from being
accused of this speeding ticket?

Asked on September 14, 2017 under General Practice, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no "defense" unless you could show that the officer's radar/laser gun or his speedometer (whatever he used to clock you) is inaccurate, and in my experience, this essentially never happens: the police almost always produce documentation showing that both are properly maintained and the officer properly trained in how to clock speeders.
However, if you otherwise have a clean driving record, there is a reasonably good chance the prosecutor will let you plead to a lesser offense (e.g. fewer miles over that limit; a smaller fine and/or fewer points). Talk to the prosecutor when you get to court for the appearance or trial date; show up early to give yourself time. Be respectful and calm and state that you did do not believe you were going that fast and would not have gone that fast had you been aware of the speed; if you were keeping up with traffic, state that too.


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